UK gov't challenged over handling of Lawson case

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LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker has questioned the way police treated Nigella Lawson's husband after he admitted assaulting the celebrity chef in a restaurant.

Opposition Labour Party lawmaker Sandra Osborne asked in the House of Commons if there is one rule for the rich and famous and another rule for everyone else.

She was referring to advertising mogul Charles Saatchi, who earlier this week was given a police 'caution' after admitting assault. He contacted police after newspapers published photos of him grasping his wife's throat during an argument.

He will not face further charges or penalties.

Osborne said it sends the wrong message to allow someone to receive only a caution after admitting assault.

Prosecutors' guidelines indicate cautions are appropriate for some assaults.

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